What better a day to choose to make a hearty winter beef stew than a true winter’s snow day? Atlanta has not had such a storm since the 80’s. People have been stuck in their cars for over 5 hours and many roads are just complete gridlock. Pete is stuck on the highway, but I fortunately work five minutes from the house and managed to get home after a 25 minute snail ride home at 1 p.m. However, it was not my early homecoming today that gave rise to this delicious meal, but the fact that Pete advertised all these delicious cuts of meat to make stew with during these cold weeks. I couldn’t resist, so before I set out for work this morning, I threw these ingredients into the crockpot, pressed the button to set it for 8 hours, and at dinner time the most delicious meal (even if I say so myself!) was ready to be served. Poor Pete, who suggested it in the first place, will have to eat it when he eventually makes it home, tomorrow or the next day.
I cannot stress how easy it is to make this meal. Owning a slow cooker is really a blessing on days like today. It took me 15 minutes to prepare the stew, plug the cooker in, press a button and 8 hours later I was ready to dish up a scrumptious dinner.
2 lb. boneless shank meat
1 large onion diced
1 lb. peeled baby carrots
4 stalks celery diced
3 cloves garlic finely diced
4 Idaho potatoes peeled
4 oz. tomato paste
1/ 2 cup water
1 Tbs. honey
2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. ground cumin
3 -4 cups water
1hour before serving add:
1 Tbs corn flour
1 Tbs. brown gravy powder
1/4 cup water.
Place meat in bottom of crock pot.
Season with 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.
Lightly coat with all purpose flour, and with your hand, toss all pieces of meat to ensure they are all lightly covered in the flour.
Add the diced onions, carrots, and celery.
Cut potatoes into large chunks and add.
Season with rest of salt, pepper and cumin.
Add chopped garlic.
Mix the tomato paste with 1/2 cup water and the honey.
Add three cups of water and mix well.
Pour tomato mixture over the meat and vegetables.
Cover, turn onto 6 or 8 hour setting, depending on your need.
Within last hour, add the corn flour mixed with the brown gravy powder and 1/2 cup water.
Gently mix into the stew and allow to cook at least another 30 minutes.
Serve over white or brown rice and a steamed green vegetable